Howdy all, and welcome to the 2012 edition of my NCAA Tourney Pool site. I've been very busy the past few weeks so, my appologies for not gettting the site updates in place earlier.
Before I get started, I do have an announcement...
2012 will be my last year of running "Big D's NCAA Tourney Pool".
I will be putting a thread up in the Discussion forum for info & comments, but I just want to make sure the word gets out. Not everyone reads the Forum.
Anyway... moving on... Each year, I feel compelled to rewrite my Rules section, to help accomodate for and/or prevent the various difficulties that I encountered during the previous year's pool. I know that I'm a bit long-winded at times, but please understand that there's a lot of work involved in running one of these for such a wide variety of people, while maintaining some semblence of fairness and integrity for all. Anyway, please do me a grand favor and take a few moments to READ THE RULES PAGE for this year's pool. It has been updated for 2012, and I will continue to make updates if anything unexpected pops up over the next couple weeks.
Unofficial Schedule of Events
- Major Conference Tourneys Begin - Monday, March 5
Each basketball conference in NCAA division I holds a conference tourney at the end of their season, to proclaim one conference Champion. Each conference champion gets an automatic entry to the final NCAA tourney.
- Selection Sunday - Sunday, March 11
On this Sunday evening, all conference tourneys will have finished, and the NCAA announces the 68 teams that will be invited to participate or play-in to the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tourney. All of the teams are seeded and the brackets are finalized at this time.
- Brackets Available - Monday March 12
Please Note: This year, I will only be available to collect brackets on WEDNESDAY March 14th. As soon as the brackets are finalized, I will update the website with a link to an online bracket that you can print and use. I will accept brackets printed from any source, however please make certain that the bracket you use is correct. I have had many situations with incorrect brackets over the years, so I would advise using a reputable source like CBS Sportsline or ESPN.
- Pre-Tourney Play-In Games - Tuesday March 13
Starting in 2011, the NCAA expanded the tourney field to 68 teams. There are now FOUR "play-in" games that will account for the last 4 seeds of the main 64-team tourney. Please note that the Play-In games have NO POINT VALUE in my tourney pool.
- Bracket Collection - Wednesday March 14
I will be in the office on Wednesday ~9am to 5pm to collect brackets from my colleagues and coworkers.
I will be out at The Gasthaus in Waukesha (just south of I-94 on Hwy T), extending pool invitations to any present Stein Club members and other regular patrons (and employees) of the bar. Anyone else who would like to use this oppertunity to drop off their bracket(s) and entry fee's is quite welcome to do so. I will be in the bar area from ~6:00 PM through ~9:00 PM. Send me an e-mail if you need directions. As of 9pm Wednesday... bracket collection will be closed. If I don't have your bracket and you haven't made prior arragements to mail them to me... you will be out of luck!
- Round 1 - Thursday March 15 & Friday March 16
Round 1 of the NCAA tourney begins.
- Round 2 - Saturday March 17 & Sunday March 18
Round 2 of the NCAA tourney begins.
- Sweet Sixteen - Thursday March 22 & Friday March 23
The Sweet Sixteen Round of the NCAA tourney begins.
- Elite Eight - Saturday March 24 & Sunday March 25
The Elite Eight Round of the NCAA tourney begins.
- Final Four - Saturday March 31
The Final Four Round of the NCAA tourney begins.
- National Championship - Monday April 2
The championship game will be played on Monday night. Following the outcome, the final pool winners will be determined and posted on the web site. Prize money will be available Tuesday morning.
Questions, Comments or Concerns
If anyone has any questions at this time, please start a new thread in the Discussion Forum. I will be checking it regularly. If you need to contact me directly, please use the E-mail link on the menu.
- Big D.